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Gwen Bergner

Associate Professor; Interim Associate Chair

Curriculum Vitae


  • African-American Literature
  • Caribbean Studies
  • Feminist Theory
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Psychoanalytic Theory

Selected Publications:

  • Taboo Subjects: Race, Sex, and Psychoanalysis. University of Minnesota Press, 2005.
Representative Articles:
  • “Danticat’s Vodou Vernacular of Women’s Human Rights.” American Literary History, 29.3 (2017). Forthcoming.
  • “Zoning in on the American Tropics.” American Literary History 27.4 (2015): 831-842.
  • “Veiled Motives: Women’s Liberation and the War in Afghanistan.” Globalizing Afghanistan: Terrorism, War, and the Rhetoric of Nation Building. Ed. David Jefferess and Zubeda Jalalzai. Durham: Duke UP, 2011. 95-116.
  • “Black Children, White Preference: Brown v. Board, the Doll Tests, and the Politics of Self-Esteem” American Quarterly 61.2 (June 2009): 299-332
  • “Politics and Pathologies,” Frantz Fanon: Critical Perspectives, ed. A. Allessandrini, Routledge, 1999.
  • “Myths of the Masculine Subject: Freud’s Oedipus Complex and Douglass’s 1845 Narrative,” The Psychoanalysis of Race, ed. Christopher Lane, Columbia UP, 1998.
  • “Who is that Masked Women? Or, the Role of Gender in Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks,” PMLA 110.1 (1995): 75-88.
Work in Progress includes
  • Co-editing a special topic issue of American Literature on “The Plantation, Post-Plantation, and the Afterlives of Slavery”
  • Writing an essay on rape in the zombie apocalypse